Gunston adds to resume with Hawthorn best and fairest crown

Jack Gunston added to his increasingly impressive football resume on Wednesday night, named Hawthorn's best and fairest for season 2020.

Already a three-time premiership player and an All-Australian in 2018, Gunston claimed his first Peter Crimmins Medal after a season in which the forward kicked 31 goals for the Hawks to be the club's leading goalkicker for the third time. Gunston, 28, also led Hawthorn for marks in 2020, averaging more than four per game across his 16 senior matches this season.

Jack Gunston won Hawthorn’s best and fairest.Credit:Getty Images

Gunston finished the count with 102 votes, edging 2018 Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell (96), whose comeback season from a broken leg was good enough to warrant a runner-up finish. Chad Wingard was third with 73 votes. Last year's winner James Worpel secured another top-five placing, while first-year defender Will Day's impressive entry into AFL ranks was capped with a top-10 spot.

Backman Sam Frost finished seventh in his first year as a Hawk after arriving from Melbourne.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson lauded Gunston – who was also named Hawthorn's most consistent player – for his efforts in a tough year for Hawthorn, who finished in the bottom four.

"Jack had an outstanding season in 2020," said Clarkson.

"To earn both an All-Australian nomination and third place in the Coleman Medal in what was a disappointing season for our club, is testament to the character and talent of Jack. He tackled the challenges of this season with a great attitude and this reflected in his on-field performances. He stepped up for us on countless occasions throughout the season and was the side's most consistent performer.

"While this particular honour is an acknowledgement of Jack's 2020 season, it is also fitting that he add this award to his resume having contributed so much to our club over a long period of time."

In his second year at the club, former Gold Coast Suns backman Jack Scrimshaw was named Hawthorn's most improved player.

Veteran Shaun Burgoyne and outgoing captain Ben Stratton were among the high-profile Hawks to miss the top 10.

Gunston remains contracted to Hawthorn until the end of 2022. Hawks football department chief Graham Wright recently all but ruled out the prospect of the forward being traded from Waverley later this year. He was named in this year's All-Australian squad but missed out on the final 22.

Peter Crimmins Medal Top 10

Club awards
Best first-year player – Will Day
Most improved player – Jack Scrimshaw
Most consistent player – Jack Gunston
Best clubman – Paul Puopolo

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